Polestar 3 Vs Tesla Model Y: Electric SUVs Compared
The Polestar 3 rolls out of the gate loaded to the gills with features with the aim of punching the Model Y straight in the jaw in the fight for segment supremacy. On the outside, the Tesla Model Y took styling cues from a beluga whale while “Polestar” went in the direction of Blade Runner and “Cyberpunk 2077.” The two electric vehicles are resolutely “futuristic”.
Styling is subjective, but cold, hard specs are hard to argue. In the world of EVs, range is one of the key stats that most EV buyers look at. At its base spec, Polestar estimates the Polestar 3 to have a range of around 300 miles on a full charge. That number is reduced to around 270 miles with the optional $6,000 Performance Pack. Compare that to the 2022 Model Y’s estimated range of 330 miles for a base model and just a hair over 300 miles for the Model Y Performance version.
Tesla does not list horsepower figures for Model Y iterations, but Estimated car and driver a 2020 Model Y Performance to generate a combined 470 horsepower from its dual-motor all-wheel-drive configuration. The Polestar 3 starts at 489 horsepower from a similar engine configuration, but is bumped up to 517 horsepower in the performance spec. EVs have always had impressive zero to 60 times and both SUVs deliver. The top performing Model Y launches to highway speeds in 3.5 seconds according to Tesla and the Polestar 3 accomplishes the same feat in 4.6 seconds.